The Digital Arts Initiative is spearheaded by the Hixson-Lied College of Fine and Performing Arts and is a collaborative effort among faculty from the School of Art and Art History and Design, the Johnny Carson School of Theater and Film, and the Glenn Korff School of Music to provide interested students from all majors hands-on experience applying current technology to the arts.

Students at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln interested in the potential of collaboration with their peers in art, music, theater, film, emerging media arts, and related areas may also enjoy a focused study in digital arts. By expanding the student’s understanding of the application of technology in the arts, the Digital Arts Initiative will enhance the student’s creative options within their major. These elective classes will bring together students from various disciplines to share their unique perspectives. Faculty members include professionals who are committed to helping students achieve their full artistic and technical potential. Standards are rigorous, and expectations are high.

Of special note to Art students: all Digital Arts Initiative courses (even those without Art prefixes) count as studio credit.

FALL 2022 COURSES

THEA 291Q – Digital Art and 2D Animation

TR 5:30-6:45 p.m.

Instructor: Chris Irvin - cirvin@unl.edu

This class will explore the use of mobile devices as art creation tools. Utilizing Apple iPads, mobile devices, and applications that include Procreate, the Adobe mobile apps, and Adobe After Effects, students will gain a foundational knowledge of digital art and 2D animation. Areas of study include exploration and experimentation with storytelling, digital drawing and illustration, character design, 2D animation techniques, motion graphics, and digital compositing. Students are supplied Apple iPads, Pencils, and licensed versions of the required apps for the semester.


MUSC 189H Sec. 003 – The 21st Century Scholar/Artist: Digital Music Creation

TR 12:30 p.m. - 1:45 p.m.

Instructor: Brian Moore - brian.moore@unl.edu

In areas of musical and artistic creativity, digital media has become an important aural and visual palette for expression. The ability to be creative and communicate in an expressive and compelling manner are also important skills in today’s world. This seminar seeks to (1) understand the expressive aspects of music as an art form through learning to compose and create original music, (2) develop and equip students with the skills and knowledge to use personal and multimedia technology within the context of musical and artistic creation and scholarship, and (3) be an active participant in the research/creative process of the development and deployment of new technologies. NOTE: This seminar requires each student to have access to an Apple iPad. For those enrolled students that do not have an iPad, one will be made available for checkout as well as access to creativity software/hardware for music production, graphic design, and video production In areas of musical and artistic creativity, digital media has become an important aural and visual palette for expression. The ability to be creative and communicate in an expressive and compelling manner are also important skills in today’s world. This seminar seeks to (1) understand the expressive aspects of music as an art form through learning to compose and create original music, (2) develop and equip students with the skills and knowledge to use personal and multimedia technology within the context of musical and artistic creation and scholarship, and (3) be an active participant in the research/creative process of the development and deployment of new technologies. NOTE: This seminar requires each student to have access to an Apple iPad. For those enrolled students that do not have an iPad, one will be made available for checkout as well as access to creativity software/hardware for music production, graphic design, and video production.


MUSC 283 – Music Technology: Foundations of Audio Recording and Production

Sec. 001 - TR 11:00 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.
Sec. 002 - MW 3:30 p.m. - 4:45 p.m.

Instructor: Tom Larson - tlarson3@unl.edu 

Introduction to the basic theory, practice, and procedures involved in recording and producing music in the modern digital audio production suite. Principles of sound, acoustics, and the fundamentals of Digital Audio Workshop software and hardware (microphones and mixing consoles).


MUSC 350 – Film Scoring and Creative Sound Design

MW 11:00 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.

Instructor: Tom Larson - tlarson3@unl.edu 

Exploration of the craft and art of scoring in visual media through practice, analysis, and discussion. Develop creative and technical skills in audio editing and music composition for synchronization to picture.

  • Photos of students using a green screen and recording a piano
  • students in a ready for drawing class
  • DAI students working
  • DAI Students working
  • students using computers in Richards 17
  • Digital arts students
  • Digital arts students working
  • Photos of students using a green screen and recording a piano
  • students in a ready for drawing class
  • DAI students working
  • DAI Students working
  • students using computers in Richards 17
  • Digital arts students
  • students using computers in Richards 17